Saturday, April 29, 2017

‘FEAST OF MYSTERIES'


‘FEAST OF MYSTERIES'

The Feast of Shavuot has many names, such as; Pentecost (meaning the 50th day), Feast of Conclusion (because it ends the conclusion of the spring feast days), and my favorite is the Feast of Mysteries.  Shavuot holds many mysteries as to why God commands us to keep this day holy.  The way we are commanded to celebrate this day and the events that have unfolded on this day throughout history and tradition are rather peculiar, but they seem to help steer us in the right direction.  It is my attempt to show you these mysteries and traditions and try to draw a conclusion as to what God’s plan is for this commanded festival.  Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter but the honor of a kings is to search out a matter.” 

Let me begin with explaining some of the mysteries behind the festival:

1.     There are two loaves of bread that gets presented as a wave offering.  I will go back to my five year old self and ask the question, why are there two loaves?  And why are the priests waving the two loaves?

2.     The two loaves of bread are leavened bread.  Leavened in scripture is used to symbolize sin, so why would God’s people wave a symbol of sin on this day?

3.     There is no specific date that God commanded us to keep this day on.  It has been highly debated for thousands of years on when to keep this day. 

4.     Shavuot is commanded to be observed on the 50th day.  Why the 50th day?

5.     In Acts 2 we see people talking in tongues.  Why does God unite everyone’s languages on this day?

6.     According to tradition 3,000 people died on this day at Mount Sinai, and oddly enough 3,000 people were saved at Shavuot after the Holy Spirit fell on them.  Why such a coincidence between the days?  Why is it important?

7.     It is the first time that we see God blowing a trumpet.  Why is He blowing a trumpet?

 Before we start trying to unravel this mystery it is important to understand how Israel has viewed this day throughout history.  I cannot prove that these events actually all happened on this feast but it is interesting that Israel has passed down this particular history and the traditions that it did. 

1.     It is known as the day that Enoch got translated.

2.     It is also thought that David died on this day.

3.     Interesting that it is believed that the Tower of Babel was destroyed on this day. 

4.     God gave His commandments to His people and here we witness the first marriage ceremony. 

5.     God sent His Holy Ghost to dwell in us and here we witness the renewing of the vowels or some might say another wedding all together. 

There are a few peculiar traditions as well:

1.     Many people renew their wedding vowels on this day. (My wife and I actually got engaged on this feast day and were baptized as well.)

2.     According to the tradition, the Israelites were caught sleeping the day that God came down on Mount Sinai to deliver His Torah, and Moses had to wake them all up.  Since then people stay up all night and study Torah to show their appreciation to God giving His written word.

3.     The book of Ruth is read on this day.

4.     The first chapter of Ezekiel is read as the haftarah reading for the week. 

5.     People eat dairy to symbolize them entering the land that flows with milk and honey. 

What a crazy day that God commands us to observe!  It is day of talking in tongues, fire flowing from our mouths, God coming down a mountain in the form of a cloud and sounding like a trumpet and God writing on tablets the laws for us to follow.  I don’t know about anyone else but if I hear about a group of people out in the wilderness going up to a mountain to be with God and talking in tongues, I might stay away from them.  But, we are so conditioned to not expect miracles or the power of God in our lives.  Most of us are probably scared of something like this happening to you; just think how you would react if you were part of these events.  We have gotten soft in our spiritual walk, only talking about the power of God, but never actually expecting the power of God to show up.  People stayed up all night praying and reading the word of God.  I don’t believe they stay up all night just out of appreciation of the written word but because they are expecting God to show up.  Perhaps there is more to be accomplished on this day and maybe we should approach this season each year expecting to receive the power of God. 

Let’s look at the fact that Shavuot is kept on the 50th day, which if you know much about the number 50, it represents a jubilee year.  In Israel every 50th year is known as a jubilee year.  Let’s look at what scripture says about the jubilee year: Leviticus 25:8-10, ““‘Count off seven Sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven Sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.”  This is another example of restoration of God’s creation.  Shavuot is a mini jubilee that is given to us each year.  We are all to return to our own family!  Are we not part of God’s family?  Are we not to be the bride of Christ? 

Lightbulbs went off when I discovered that this day is known as the day that the tower of babel was destroyed.  Before the tower was destroyed there was only one language amongst man, and after the destruction God confused the people’s languages thus creating many new languages.  Then later in History God decides to use this same day as the day that He enable His people to speak in tongues, thus providing only one language for everyone.  Acts 2:5-6, “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.”  According to some this was not the first time on Shavuot that people spoke in tongues and fire came from their mouths.  Many Jewish sages claim a similar story at Mount Sinai when God came down to deliver His word.  Rabbi Moshe Weissman says, “On the occasion of matan Torah, the Bnai Yisrael not only heard Hashem’s voice but actually saw the sound waves as they emerged from Hashem’s mouth.  They visualized them as a fiery substance.  Each commandment that left Hashem’s mouth traveled around the entire camp and then came back to every Jew individually, asking him, “Do you accept upon yourself this Commandment with all the law pertaining to it?”  Every Jew answered, “Yes.”, after each commandment.  Finally, the fiery substance which they saw, engraved itself on the tablets” 

We have two marriage ceremonies, one where God writes His law on stone tablets and tell us if we are to do all that is commanded then we are to be His people and He will be our God, and the other marriage we see God sending His holy spirit to dwell in us and write the law on our hearts.  II Corinthians 3:3, “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”  For by the law we are all deemed the death penalty which is why we see 3,000 people perishing at the giving of the law but thousands of years later we see 3,000 people being saved by the spirit of God.  II Corinthians 3:6, “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”   This now enables us to be able to worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)

Everything we see through scripture, history, and tradition points to the restoration of God’s bride on this day.  Even the tradition of reading the book of Ruth on this day.  The book of Ruth is all about the kinsman redeemer in Israel redeeming a gentile bride.  The law and spirit are not for the Jew only but for all of Israel and for all the world.  Jesus told His disciples to preach throughout the entire world.  Mark 16:15, “15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”   Even at Mount Sinai God gave His torah not just to the Jews but to every person that walks the earth. 

Perhaps there is still more to be accomplished on Shavuot.  Ezekiel 37:16-22, 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. 18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.”  We have witnessed a modern day miracle, of the Jews still being a race.  No other race has endured so much exile and attempts of eradication by the nations.  Now today we not only witness the survival of the Jew but the reuniting with their homeland of Israel and the reemergence of their ancient language Hebrew.  However, the kingdom is still not whole as prophesied in Ezekiel.  Could this be the day in the future that God decides to unite His bride?

        This day is just another part of the love letter that God has written to each of us; unveiling His plan to ultimately redeem His bride.  The two loaves seem to represent the two sticks of Israel being reunited, which is an old prophecy that we just read in Ezekiel 37.  The loaves represent the two kingdoms of Israel, (House of Israel in the North and the House of Judah in the South).  The leaven of the bread represents the sin of both kingdoms.  Now any other time unleavened bread is used during feasts and rituals at the temple, and they are completely burnt up on the altar, but God does not allow any leaven on His altar (Leviticus 2:11).  Instead the High priest waves the two loaves facing eastward to God, by using a motion of forward and back, and side to side.  Now I know many in the COG believe that the cross is pagan, however the cross is also represented as the Tau in the Hebrew alphabet which Jesus is the Aleph and Tau.  So it seems that on this day God is restoring the two kingdoms of Israel into one kingdom, and instead of burning the offering on the altar the offering is saved by the grace of God. 

There are many more mysteries out there to discover about this holy day and the word of God.  I challenge everyone to seek out the depths of God.  And remember to never take my word for anything.  Behave as a Berean, always be open minded and study the scriptures daily to find the truth. 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

‘First Fruits’


‘First Fruits’

Passover is fast approaching and we must prepare for God’s holy feast.  The ecclesia seems to be in agreeance that Passover is to be kept on the 14th day of Nissan each year and the 15th day of Nissan begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread but then God also places the Feast of First Fruits in the midst of the Unleavened Bread and this Feast seems to have some controversy around when to keep it. Leviticus 23:10-12,10 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘After you enter the land I am giving you and harvest its ripe crops, you are to bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the cohen. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before Adonai, so that you will be accepted; the cohen is to wave it on the day after the Shabbat. 12 On the day that you wave the sheaf, you are to offer a male lamb without defect, in its first year, as a burnt offering for Adonai”   At first glance it seems obvious that the priest will wave the first fruits offering after the Shabbat so first fruits must be on the first Sunday after Passover.  However, the weekly Shabbat is not the only Sabbath that occurred this week, the 15th of Nissan is also a Shabbat, it is one of the seven annual Shabbats that God commanded us to keep in Leviticus 23.  So which day is it?  The day after the weekly Shabbat or the day after the 15th of Nissan?  It seems that God is wanting us to do our homework on this or he would have just told us to keep it on a specific date each year.  In the time of Jesus there were two major parties of Judaism, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, the Pharisees kept it on the 16th of Nissan and the Sadducees kept it on the day after the weekly Sabbath, so we can see that this has been a debated topic for thousands of years.  I am going to pull my acts 17:11 card and tell you to do your own homework on this one and do not take my word for it.  My personal view is that the Sadducee’s were correct in that we should observe First Fruits the day after the weekly Shabbat.  The reason i came to that conclusion is because it would be the only way to guarantee that there would be seven Sabbaths and fifty days leading to Pentecost. 

Let’s not get too tangled up on when we should keep it, we all know the season that we should observe.  Let us move on to the meat of the message and truly address the significance behind such an important feast.  Tonight I want to look at the theme of the first born and their importance to God!  You should be able to see through this message that it is all about the first born.  First Fruits truly represents the relationship that God desires to have with his people.  There are three major harvests in the land of Israel, one on First Fruits, Pentecost and Feast of Sukkot.  Israel was an agricultural community and depended on their crops to be able to survive.  In order for their crops to grow they needed rain, which is why we see the reference in scripture about the former and latter rains.  God is the former and latter rains, God is the reason for the increase of Israel’s crops.  God desires his people to trust him and if we as his people obey Him then God will hold his end of the relationship and he will give us land that flows with milk and honey.  To take that relationship a step further Israelites were commanded to give the land rest every seventh year and God would provide them with their increase.  That takes a lot of faith to be able to stop doing the things you do that created success and rely solely on God.  But that’s what He wants!!!  He wants us to trust Him!  On Feast of First Fruits Israel has a Barley Harvest and they are commanded to cut their first crops of barley and give it to the priest as an offering before God.  Not only are all first crops God’s but all First born humans belong to God, Numbers 18:15-16, 15 “Everything that comes first out of the womb, of all living things which they offer to Adonai, whether human or animal, will be yours. However, the firstborn of a human being you must redeem, and the firstborn of an unclean beast you are to redeem.”  Families would have ceremonies at the temple where they would bring their first born before the priest and the parents must redeem them.  There are a few rules for redemption:

1.     Must be near of kin Leviticus 25:48, 25:25, Ruth 3:12-13

2.     Must not need redemption himself

3.     Must be willing to redeem Ruth 4:6

4.     Redemption was completed when price was paid.   

Jesus is our ultimate redeemer, yet it is our own fault that we need to be redeemed.  If we would just listen and obey then we would still be in the garden but we see that Adam sold himself into slavery, Israel sold herself into slavery in Egypt and the Israelites chose to enslave themselves to kings and priests.  Yes Jesus still loves us and he is still willing to redeem us.  We see this theme of redemption throughout all of God’s Word but it is not the first born that redeems us it is the second always redeeming the first.  Abel redeems his first born brother Cain, Isaac is a second born set out as a sacrifice, Jacob is the second born, Joseph is the second first born to Reuben and it is Joseph that buys back his family in Egypt.  Manasseh is put aside for the second born Ephraim, we even see this example laid out in Genesis 38 with the story of Tamar and his twin sons. 

We see from the very beginning of the Word of God that A divine first born (Jesus) had to pay the penalty for a divine first born (Adam).   It is said that Jesus is the only son of God yet we can see that Adam is also a son of God and Jesus was known as the second Adam.  So if Jesus is the second how can he be the first fruit offering?  1 Corinthians 15:45, 45 In fact, the Tanakh says so: Adam, the first man, became a living human being;[a] but the last “Adam” has become a life-giving Spirit.”  God is perfect and He desires us to be perfect.  If we look at the pattern in scripture, Ishmael was Abraham’s first son but Ishmael was born out of disobedience to God, Cain’s sacrifice was a sacrifice of sin and Adam though born of God was also born of the Earth and chose to sin.  Every true first born could not be the kinsmen redeemer because they themselves need redeeming.  God set this example throughout scripture to point us to the ultimate first fruits offering, Jesus Christ. 

Today we celebrate First Fruits with more joy than ever knowing that our King, our God rose from the dead so that He could redeem His people.  This Feast is treated differently now than it did in Ancient Israel.  Today most of us do not live in an agricultural community nor do anyone of us have a temple or a priesthood set up for us.  This makes it tough to be able to keep the feast to the letter of God’s word, seeing that we have no Barley to give and no priests to give it to.  I believe that God did not want us looking at Barley as our first fruits any more but instead looking to His son Yeshua and we should praise Him on this day!  On the other side though i think that it is critical to have a relationship with God, just like the Israelites had a relationship with Him, in that He would provide the rain and the increase if they would do what He commanded.   Scripture tells us not to go empty handed before God. Deuteronomy 16:16. I believe that when you go before you God on this feast that you should still bring an offering, some sort of sacrifice that can form this relationship that enables you to trust Him with all your heart, mind and soul. 

This is an amazing time of year!  Life is happening all around us!  Spring represents life, and the end of the winter season which represents death.  This season remove your dead works and dedicate your life to God.  For it is by God’s first fruit offering of His son that we all live!




Saturday, February 25, 2017

‘GOD’S NATURE-LOVE’


‘GOD’S NATURE-LOVE’

I live in a time where truth is hidden deeper than the ocean, it is more foreign to people than the stars in the sky.  People seem to have a common goal though, they want to survive, and they want to do what they believe is best for the world.  There were and always will be people that want to exterminate other kinds of people that walk the face of the earth.  People truly believe that the Jew’s are the problem with society, other people believe Christianity is the problem with the world, some believe republicans or democrats are the cause of all our problems.  Do you believe any of these groups of people don’t want what they think is best for us?  I believe these groups and most people are just trying to help build a better world based off of their own idea of how to get that job done.  If you ask 99.999% of people if they believe that murder is wrong they will tell you yes it is wrong.  We as people were born with a law written on each of our hearts in regards to morality, yet it differs from one person to the next on more “complex” issues like divorce or abortion. 

Something common that I see from the LGBT community is posting signs that say ‘love wins’ or when they protest ‘fight for love’.  We all desire love; to love and to be loved.  So if we all desire love and we all have our own path to love what is their true love?  Perhaps the answer is to have war against all people that do not view love the same way...  because that is the way people seem to handle differences.  What if we lived in a world where everyone you interacted with was exactly like you; they think, talk, look and act just like you?  Would you be happy?  It is time that we all came to the understanding that we are part of something that is so much bigger than each one of us!  It seems that the entire universe was made for human’s ability to survive.  We come from the dirt and to the dirt we will return, Eclesiastes 3:20.  Everything that we need comes from the dirt; fruit, vegetables, animal meat comes from the dirt and they too return to the dirt when they die.  If our sun were to be any bigger or smaller; then the earth could not support life, or if our earth was any closer or farther from the sun we could not survive.  Without the moon orbiting around us or if the moon was any other size we could not support life as we know it.   Everything has been meticulous placed in the universe to support our life.  If one aspect of nature’s law fails then we all fail.  Everything in creation abides by its own law, for example the earth rotates on its axis and orbits around the sun.  Even man has some moral law built into us; we can all agree on that to some extent but everything that was created, other than humans, have no choice in choosing their law, they just do.  The only thing we see in creation that has moral choice is humankind.  So is morality and emotion something that we subconsciously created? What is our worth?  What is morality? How do we know if we have the right or wrong line of morality?  If there is a God, and I believe there is, how is there evil present? 

Morality and love cannot be something that we just fathom in our minds because we experience emotion in life.  If everything that we see in the visible universe was not created but just a product of random atoms colliding and the only thing that has emotion and free will are humans is a disturbing idea.  Our own emotions are simply a random interaction from day to day and our feeling for love is simply put ‘bull shit’ that we have formed from our own random thoughts.  Logic is not real because just like everything else it was randomly produced in our randomly created mind.  Choice and emotion are therefore just an illusion placed in our mind.  We are literally worth as much as the atoms that we came from.  If you want to choose to believe this concept of randomness then please do but remember that you can never logically explain truth or morality because there is no such thing in a world that was created by nothing. 

This is one reason we need God and we need His word to be able to distinguish what is right or wrong.  99.999% of people have a law written on their heart to not murder but if we allow subjective morality to take control of our world then we are subject to the other .001% of people fighting for what they feel is right in their hearts.  We as people will continue to push the line of what is right and wrong.  Ask ‘pro-choice’ people what age of an unborn baby entitles life and you will get an array of answers.  We live in a time where the right thing to do is dependent on each individual that you talk to.  If we allow the law of this world to be dictated on a case by case basis depending on who you talk to, well, that’s called anarchy.    The last thing God said to Jonah was, So shouldn’t I be concerned about the great city of Ninveh, in which there are more than 120,000 people who don’t know their right hand from their left ,“ Jonah 4:11.   The people of Ninevah were confused and they did not know truth.  God created everything ‘good’ not confused or in Hebrew ‘Tohu wa Bohu’.  These words appear only a few times in the bible, once in Genesis and once in Isaiah.  In Isaiah 45:18, “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the Lord, and there is no other.”,  and that word, ‘in vain’, is Tohu wa Bohu.    In Genesis the bible says that earth was without form and void that is the Hebrew words ‘Tohu wa Bohu’ as well.  God did not create the earth the way it is now.  This is the devils world, even Jesus acknowledges that.  Why doesn’t Jesus just kill the evil enemy right then there, why does He allow this evil?  Without this present evil, man could never learn to appreciate love.  God desires for us to hate sin, how else can we hate sin if we do not witness the fruits of it.  If there were no evil then there is no free will because only love exists and love cannot exist without choice. 

When God presented His commandments to man He said that He puts before us blessing and cursing, choose blessings.  The good news is that our salvation depends completely on Jesus, Jesus paid our penalty for all the sins that we have and will commit.  I was blessed to be raised with strict laws to keep.  One of the laws that I keep is not eating pork, which seems like a very silly law to most people but science has discovered that pork carries most of the diseases that we get, for example swine flu.  I could write a book about what ‘science’ has discovered about eating pork but I’ll let you do your own research and decide for yourself.  Another law is for man to not lie with another man.  Well it just so happens that 83% of people that have HIV/AIDS are gay men.  The law needs to be looked at the same way when a child touches a hot stove and won’t do it again.  Well the bible already tells us what to avoid and what to keep holy, we don’t even have to learn from touching the stove because once you touch the stove you are already in pain.  Our father in heaven does not want us in pain, which is why He gave us clear instructions.  Maybe now you are asking, well if He’s such a loving God what about the other people that lived before the bible was written?  Well great question!  How did Noah know what a clean and unclean animal was before Moses wrote the Torah?  How did Abraham know about tithing or how did Cain know about sacrifice?  Just as part of the law is written on our hearts, like do not murder, a larger part of the law was present on their hearts; after all they were not far removed from Adam who lived in the Garden of Eden.  There are also missing books that people read, like Book of Wars, so perhaps they did have it written. 

Love is the greatest form of expression in existence, yet it is the biggest mystery as to who we are.  The truth is very simple though, God is love, I John 4:8.  True love cannot come into contact with anything that contradicts because it will kill it.  Just like light can never come into contact with darkness or it will immediately take over the darkness.  Exodus 33:20 says that no man can see God or he will die.  Man has been corrupted and we are not pure love.  God created everything in this universe and after He created something He would look at it and say, “it is good.”  We are made in the likeness of Elohim, we were made to be perfect.  “Be perfect because your father in heaven is perfect.”  Matthew 5:48.  God did not create us to be corrupted and for us to live a life of misery.  On the contrary God created us so that we could live and dwell with Him. We are told that one day we will have a new incorruptible body.  I Corinthians 15:53. If you are God and can create anything you want how do you create a being to love?  What God has seemed to have to done is given man free will and the ability to choose.  Without the ability to choose love then it is not truly love because it is artificial design that drives the creature to do something.  That’s what began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, they were given a choice to break the command of God and they chose to do just that. 

Jesus says if you love Him, keep His commandments, scripture.  Many people say that God’s law is bondage and outdated but what many people seem to miss is that human nature is the same yesterday as it is today; we have the same tendencies and desires and we tend to repeat history.  The greatest commandments according to Jesus are; Love God with all your heart, mind and strength and Love each other as you would yourself and on these two hang all the commandments.  If you look at all 613 commandments of God they all fall into two different categories, how to love God or how to love your neighbor.  Take for instance the 10 commandments, the first four are how to love God:

1.     You shall have no other God’s before me.

2.     You shall not have any graven images.

3.     You shall not take God’s name in vain.

4.     Keep the Sabbath day Holy (although Sabbath is made for man)

The next six commandments are all about how to love your neighbor:

5.     Honor your father and mother.

6.     Do not murder.

7.     Do not commit adultery

8.     Do not steal.

9.     Do not give a false testimony.

10.                       Do no covet anything that is your neighbors. 

It is interesting that there 60% of the commandments are about how to love each other.  I wonder where he wants us spending most of our energy.  If God wants us spending most of time loving each other; the enemy is going to find a way to get us to spend our time divided against another.  Do not follow the prince of this world but praise Yeshua the one that made a way for each of us to have life!  Yeshua taught us how to live and gave us an example to follow.  What I love about Yeshua is that he came to ‘magnify’ the law.  Yeshua says that even if a man looks upon a woman then has already committed adultery.  Yeshua taught us not even to fathom the idea of sin, placing the law of love on an even higher pedestal.  Yeshua did not only die for every sinful action but for every sinful thought and word!  Oh, the glory of it all, Is He came here, For the rescue of us all, That we may live For the glory of it all, Oh, the glory of it all!” David Crowder.  So how do we know if we are following the correct path of morality?  Just ask yourself: Am I following Jesus?  Hallelujah!  Praise be to the everlasting King!  Yeshua Hamashiach! 

 I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

‘GOD’S NATURE-TIME’


‘GOD’S NATURE-TIME’

People have always been fascinated by the subject of ‘time’ and the idea that people could someday have the technology to be able to travel in time.  In my last blog on ‘God’s Nature’ I went through the idea that God is at least a 10 dimensional being and that we live in three and half dimensions; height, length, width and one direction in time.  In this blog I want to discuss God’s Nature and how time impacts Him or if it impacts Him at all.  As before we must look at our own circumstance of how time affects us because after all we are made in God’s likeness.  This is probably the most difficult concept for any of us to fully comprehend because we have the prejudice that there are only three and half dimensions and we perceive time as a straight line that goes from one side to the other and never ends.  Bible believers and scientists both believe that the earth had a beginning and everything in the physical realm has an end so it is very difficult for our puny brains to perceive a being with no beginning and no end.  Yet eternity has been put in our hearts; people throughout all of time have done everything they can to live forever.  Scientists these days are working on the ability to transcend themselves into computers so they can live forever.  Two questions that a friend named John Black asks is:

·        Do we move in time, or are we just carried along by it?

·        When we are changed to spirit, and therefore not material, would time have any effect on us?

I will also do my best to answer:

·        Does time have effect on God?

These are very difficult questions so go easy on me and please comment and let me know what you think! 

            We owe a lot of credit to Albert Einstein for his work and observations around time.  He created two very popular formulas; E=mc2 and the General Theory of Relativity.  These formulas have proven that time is a physical property.  Let me prove to you that these formulas are accurate and that time is a physical property in our reality.  There are two atomic clocks, one in Boulder, Colorado and one in Greenwich, England.  These clocks are accurate to better that one millionth of a second per year, however, the clock in Boulder ticks 5 microseconds faster per year than the one in Greenwich.  Why?  Boulder has an altitude of 5,400 feet above sea level and Greenwich has an altitude of only 80 feet above sea level.  Due to the elevation difference the time is different because gravity is different thus proving that time has a physical property and if time is physical then time can be manipulated in one way or another.  We can discover by reading God’s Word that time is different from His point of view.  2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4, tell us that 1,000 years to us is but one day to God.  It also appears to me that God created time; in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, (there is time), God created the Heavens, (there is space), and the earth, (there is mass).”  This also in my opinion confirms Einstein’s theory, because without time there is no space, without space there is no mass and depending on where you are in space dictates gravity’s effect on the mass.  I believe that we move in time, but God is outside of our time.  To better understand this lets enter back into the 2D world.  Let’s create a 2D flip book, I’m sure we all made one of these growing up at some point.  From our perspective we can view the past, the present and the future and we can also enter into every point that we desire to.   If time were to speed up, how would they know?  How would we know?  If time stopped how would they or we know?  If it were to stop and then they would continue at exactly the moment we moved them along.   God is at least a 10 dimensional being and He can see time as it truly is.  He can decide to go in at any point of time whether it be past, present or future.  How else do we explain prophecy of the bible or how else can you explain Jesus being present before the foundation of the world? 

            The next question is if we become spirit and massless then does time have an effect on us?  According to Einstein’s theory time only has an effect on mass, in space.  Let us take a deeper look at God’s nature though to be sure.  Colossians 2:16-17, 16 So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat. 17 These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah.  It appears that there is a reality that God is preparing us for and this is just a ‘shadow’ or a glimpse of what is to come.  God also has His own calendar that He commands us to keep.  There are three aspects of God’s calendar that I would like to look at; first: the moedim, second: sabbatical years, and third: jubilee years.  First if you look at Leviticus chapter 23, it talks about God’s moedim or translated: His appointed times.  The moedim are the: seventh day Sabbath, Passover, First fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles.  After each one of these appointed times is talked about in this chapter it is commanded that we have a “Holy Convocation” during this time.  What is a Holy Convocation?  Convocation could actually be translated as rehearsal so what God is actually calling us to do is to rehearse what we will do in the future, the future wedding that God has with His bride.  Like a wedding rehearsal!  So if God is calling us to keep His commandments and His appointed times on His calendar then He is obviously trying to draw us into His reality.  I will say this again, a thousand years to us is like a day to God!  So for instance if we are commanded to rest after 6 days doesn’t that make sense why God is going to reign on earth for a thousand years or technically a day to Him.  It appears that God has a 6,000 year plan to redeem His bride.

 Let me move on to sabbatical and Jubilee years.  A sabbatical year is every seventh year and a Jubilee year is every 50th year.  Genesis 6:3 says, Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.”  I find this interesting that God numbered man to 120 years because if you understand God’s calendar then you will understand that He meant 120 jubilee years.  120 multiplied by 50 is 6,000; so again it appears that God has a 6,000 year plan to deal with man.  So to finally answer weather time will affect us after we become spirit, it seems that time will at least be present in His reality.  I believe that God is above all dimensions and that He will be here forever and ever; but God is not a lawless God.  Scripture tell us that God will not sin, Numbers 23:19, “God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it.”  He also call His people not to be lawless and He says be perfect for He is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)  I believe that God is all powerful but could you imagine for one second God sinning?  I think life would cease to exist.  Fortunately God is love and if you love God keep His commandments.  His commandments seem to be His way of life and it is true love and He desires that we all walk in this same light because the second you let sin into your life you are subject to time and all things die in time. 

            So in essence God is above all dimensions and He can use all dimensions for His good.  The reason that God can do this though is because He is perfect for if we were not perfect then He would not be God and we would not be above all dimensions but instead He would be living in the same dimensions we are.  God loves us so much that He put us here to teach us love and to eventually bring us to His kingdom.  So is God subject to time?  And will we be subject to time?  No, as long as we love with all our hearts and all our souls and all our might then God and we will be above time and time will be subject to our will. 

I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

'BELIEVE'


‘BELIEVE’

To believe seems like such an easy concept.  We believe each day we sit down that our seat will hold our weight.  To believe in God on the other hand can seem like a very difficult concept at times in our lives, and yet many Christians today say that it is through belief that we are saved and they are correct in my opinion, but if we never have the faith to hold our weight in God’s arms then do we truly believe?  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  This seems simple enough, so we can move on now, however, James 2:19 says, “the devils also believe, and tremble.  Will these devils that God cast out of heaven have ever lasting life as well?  It seems that this idea of ‘belief’ has more weight than we realize.

2.5 billion People in the world are Christians, so we can assume that 2.5 billion people ‘believe’ that Jesus is the son of God.  There were over 600,000 people over the age of 20 that God saved from Egypt yet only two of them made it to the Promised Land; Caleb and Joshua.  Moses was God’s right hand man and Moses did not even get to enter into the Promised Land.  What did Caleb and Joshua do differently that they were allowed to enter into God’s Promised Land?  They believed!  At least 600,000 people saw the miracle of the Red Sea parting, the manna and quail appearing from heaven and yet they still did not trust God.  Moses made one mistake in the wilderness and he was not allowed into the Promised Land.  Are we to assume that we are any better?  We are not any better!  Without our own ‘belief’ in Jesus we too could suffer the same fate.  Now I believe in an amazing God that ultimately will extend His hand to all and forgive us for our iniquities but I will tell everyone to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.    

We must learn from the Israelites’ mistakes and our own mistakes to figure out exactly what God means to believe in Him.  Hebrews 4:11 says that we must labour into belief.  But I thought it was by belief alone?  Is it by belief alone that the chair will hold our weight or is it by the action that we take by sitting in the chair?  But what labour must we do?  Hebrews 4:12 answers this, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Jesus says, “If you love me keep my commandments,” John 14:15.  James says in chapter 2 verse 24, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  For faith without works is dead! (James 2:17)

It is our duty that we must trust and labour into belief that God will provide our every need.  Every thought that we have, we must take hold of it and convert it to the will of God.  II Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  We must have faith like Abraham to hear and to do just as God has asked and for our thoughts to not hesitate for one moment that God will not provide for us.  It is so easy for us to lose belief and to curse our circumstance but God has put us here for a reason and we must trust in Him in the good times and the bad.  The Hebrew word for ‘believe’ makes up of three letters; Aleph, Mem, and Vav.  The letters mean: strength, chaos and works; so basically believe means: to have strength during chaos to do works; good works according to the Word of God because doing bad works shows our belief is not in God but in darkness.  Remember to pray without ceasing, (I Thessalonians 5:17), and remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, (Phillipians 4:13)!  Remember that if we choose to labour for our belief in Jesus then he will give us rest! (Matthew 11:28)

I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.



Saturday, January 28, 2017

‘WORDS ARE POWER’

‘WORDS ARE POWER’
If there is one thing that can change your life, or someone else’s life it is the words that you speak and thoughts that you create.  As children we have said over and over again, ‘sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.’  I have come to the realization that that is just not true.  Dr. Masaru Emoto did experiments throughout the 1990’s on the impact that words have.  Emoto would subject water to different kinds of music, prayer and words.  He would then freeze the water and photographers would take pictures of the water.  I will leave a few photos here for you, they are photos of frozen water molecules after they have been exposed to our words that we speak.  Make your own conclusions about the effect that these words had on water.  These are just a few examples of the thousands of words that Emoto said to water.
(Water before prayer)

(Water after prayer)

(You make me sick, I will kill you)

(Adolph Hitler)

(Thank you)

(Love and Appreciation)

            According to the Bible or God’s ‘Word’, we see that His Word and his commandments are life.  Deuteronomy 32:46-47, 46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”  I would also like to show you an observation that I and many others have made about words, blood and life.  The bible testifies that blood is life according to Leviticus 17:11.  It is interesting to note that the Hebrew language consists of 22 letters and that DNA consists of 22 paired chromosomes.  Perhaps God is trying to tell us something..  I would also like to note that each letter in Hebrew is not just a letter but it represents a number and a meaning, for instance ‘aleph’ is the number one and it means strength or leader.  Each letter in Hebrew is representative of the spiritual Journey or life that we must follow to reach the ‘tau’ or meaning covenant, so when God says He is ‘Aleph and Tau’ He is saying that He is the Strength of the Covenant or the Leader of the Law.  The Hebrew word for ‘word’ is debar, and it is made up of three Hebrew letters, Dalet, Beit and Resh; which means: door, house, and beginning.  So debar means: the door of the house is the beginning.  The temple was always known as the house of God and where is the temple now?  The temple is in each one of us; we are the temple of God.  The beginning of what?  That is for us to decide; we can choose to either speak life or we can choose to speak death through the door.  Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.  Notice that if we speak and do God’s word then it is a tree of life, but there is also another tree that we see in the bible, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, (that which Adam and Eve took part in).  It is our decision for what tree we take part in. 
            This is probably the simplest concept, yet probably the most difficult for any of us to be able to fully accomplish.  James says in chapter 3 verse 8-10, But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”  This is very important that we learn to correct ourselves now, for according to, Matthew 12:36, we will give God an account of every word that we have spoken.  Our “jokes” often speak death..  So how do we accomplish something that James says no man can tame? 


1.      Read the Bible (God’s Word)
a.      We must rely on God!  Philippians 4:13, “13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.  We must also know His word; without reading the Bible we will never know what it is that we must speak and what it is that we must not speak.
2.      Quit listening to negative EVIL music!
a.      Let us rejoice in the music of God.  I see too many of people, and I have been that person before, listening to music that profanes the name of God. 
3.      Quit watching garbage television!
a.      Psalm 101:3, I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
4.      Smile
a.      According to some people language is 90% non-verbal; so smile even during the difficult moments.
5.      Speak blessings
a.      The hardest thing to do is to speak blessings to people that have done wrong to you.  This is a test from God.  How many times has an evil thought appeared in your head when you are mad?  Or how about an evil thought appearing and you do not even know where it came from?  Repress that thought, do not let it manifest, instead turn it into a positive thought. 
6.      Be open to correction!

a.      II Timothy 3:16, 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness  Do not forget that the only scripture Timothy had when he wrote this verse was the old testament so make sure you read the entire Word of God from the Genesis to Revelation.




7.      Quit Gossiping!
a.      We must learn to pray without ceasing and learn to keep God’s word on the forefront of our mind.  But there is hope for us, IPeter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
8.      Keep a journal of your daily negative thoughts and words and at the end of the day pray on them and turn each thought and word into a positive life breathing creation. 

God SPOKE Heaven and Earth into creation!  Proverbs 3:19 says, The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.  We too have the power to create life, healings, and blessings.  Do not choose the alternative for it is a narrow road to walk with God; be like King David and hide God’s Word in your heart.  Do not be like the people Timothy talks about, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”  Have faith that God will write His Word on your Heart and keep it there and do not let it be corrupted by the world.  For God is the Word and the Word was made flesh.  Let us praise Yeshua, the perfect Word of God that died for every evil word and thought that we have spoken and manifested.
            I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.